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Old March 6th, 2018, 11:53 AM   #41
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We're entering an interesting time for arenas in North America. The mid 90's were a building boom for both leagues. The NHL saw 13 arenas built between '93-'97 and the NBA saw 9 between '90-'97. We're getting to the time where these arenas will need their first round of renovations. We've already seen extensive renovation projects for the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Target Center in Minneapolis, and The former Delta Center in SLC. And now these plans for Wells Fargo Center and Capitol One in DC.

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any that are being outright replaced as many still have useful bones (Tho Bradley Center and The Palace were replaced, but they were from the late 80's, and Key Arena is getting the MSG treatment, but the '94 reno was done a bit on the cheap). Will be cool to see what work gets done to them as we get to the end of the 2010's.

Edit: After further reading, have to remember that Phoenix is looking to replace both of its indoor arenas, as are the Ottawa Senators. The rest seem to be in solid shape to stick around for a bit.
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The Philadelphia Flyers have removed a statue of Kate Smith from outside the team’s arena following allegations of racism against the late singer, team officials said.

The removal of the statue ends the team’s “long and popular relationship” with Smith, whose version of “God Bless America” had been part of the team’s game presentations since 1969 when a team executive ordered her rendition to be played instead of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

She later performed the song several times before games during the 1970s, including Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup final against Boston.

The decision follows allegations of racism in connection with some of Smith’s songs, including a 1939 tune called “That’s Why the Darkies Were Born” and “Pickaninnies’ Heaven” from the early 1930s. Both songs include racist language and references, although the former has been claimed to be satirical.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes,” the Flyers said in a statement on Sunday.
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